Horrible: WaPo smears Nancy Reagan in obituary, stealth-edits lead to soften attack

The_Reagans_waving_from_the_limousine_during_the_Inaugural_Parade_1981Here’s yet another reason public trust in the so-called “mainstream media” is down some 34 points since Watergate.

Citing Mediaite, Truth Revolt reported Monday that the Washington Post’s Lois Romano trashed former First Lady Nancy Reagan with an article that opened with a scathing and horrific attack:

Nancy Reagan had an undeniable knack for inviting controversy. There were her extravagant spending habits at a time of double-digit unemployment, a chaotic relationship with her children and stepchildren that could rival a soap-opera plot, and the jaw-dropping news that she had insisted the White House abide by an astrologer when planning the president’s schedule.

After being hit with criticism from its own readers, the paper changed the paragraph to something a bit more tasteful:

WaPoScreenshotMediaite’s Joe Concha was one of the first to notice the disgusting opening paragraph and wrote about it, which naturally made the rounds on social media.  He added: “Sometime Sunday evening, somebody — either Romano or an editor — stealth-edits the obituary by eliminating the lead paragraph in question altogether…”

But that’s not all.  Concha added:

– Despite the major change, Romano nor an editor inform readers any alterations to the piece were made

– Romano ignores Mediaite’s request for comment on the matter

So much for accountability. According to Gallup, trust in media by the general public was at 74 percent following Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post blowing the lid off Watergate and bringing a sitting president down in the process. It’s now at 40 percent and dropping.

Sadly, as Truth Revolt notes, this has now become the norm.  And it illustrates why I now refer to the “mainstream media” as the “Democrat-media complex.”


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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